Sundowns extend PSL lead, Chiefs climbing
The Buccaneers tried valiantly to get an equaliser, but Sundowns were solid in their defence.
CAPE TOWN - Mamelodi Sundowns extended their lead at the top of the PSL table to nine points after beating Orlando Pirates 2-1 last night at the Orlando Stadium.
It was a dominant display by the log leaders who reaffirmed their status at the best team in the league at this point in time.
Leonardo Castro opened the scoring in the 18th minute and through continuous pressure stretched their lead to two after Khama Billiat volleyed home in the 36th minute.
Pirates came out in the second half intent on getting back into the game and they did pull one goal back courtesy of a superb free kick by Mpho Makola.
The Buccaneers tried valiantly to get the equaliser but Sundowns were solid in defence and closed out the game to take a firm grip of top spot in the league.
In the other fixture on Wednesday night, high flying Mpumalanga Black Aces came back from two goals down to earn a 2-2 draw against Ajax Cape Town at the Athlone Stadium.
The home side dominated the opening stanza, piling the pressure on Black Aces who were resolute in defence.
However, the opener eventually came via Riyaad Norodien who had a simple tap in to reward the Urban Warriors for their early pressure.
The second came six minutes before the half time break through Prince Nxumalo which would have made Roger De Sa a happy man going into the interval.
The second half begun and Black Aces were much improved and immediately got a goal back.
Thanduyise Khuboni's shot was deflected by the league's leading scorer Collins Mbesuma to bring Black Aces back in the game and provide him with his 12th of the season.
Ajax had their chance to seal the game but the one on one chances against Aces keeper Shu-Aib Walters was squandered by Toriq Losper.
In the closing minutes of the match, Black Aces made Ajax pay for the missed chance and equalized through Bongolethu Jayiya who calmly slotted home to earn Aces a point.
Black Aces remain third and moved to level on points with second placed Wits, however, they lost ground to leaders Sundowns.
On Tuesday night, Kaizer Chiefs grabbed a crucial 1-0 win against Wits courtesy of George Maluleka's second half strike.
This means Amakhosi, who are in fourth spot, are now only one point behind Black Aces and Wits after their three wins on the trot since the Sowetan Derby stalemate a few weeks ago.